Hello Nanjing!

25 08 2009

Note: This is my third attempt at posting this blog. I failed the previous two, I think because I had five photos attached. So I’m reposting minus photos. We are working on a Flickr page that you can access in order to see ALL the photos. That’ll be more exciting anyway, right? As soon as we have the address, we’ll post it here.

Hello folks. We’re now in Nanjing, where we’ll both be teaching. After the “hustle and bustle” of Shanghai, we were both really glad to get here. The train ride was pleasant, though the Nanjing train station is a confusing mess of bodies, some of which will take it upon themselves to take your luggage to “help you out” and then you’ll have to pay them after chasing them down and having them take it to your car. I’ll leave that story for Missy if she wants, though. But yeah, $15 train tickets, super nice seats, comfortable ride. No complaints about that. Nanjing is only two hours from Shanghai by train, and it’s very pleasant. The countryside is very green, only occasionally broken up by giant 15 story apartment blocks, which is strange to see when you’re in the middle of nowhere (if “the middle of nowhere” exists in China).
Anyway, it’s a really pretty city. Very green and mostly clean on a scale comparable to or exceeding a lot of American cities. And the parks are far more beautiful than any I’ve seen in the U.S. But this all comes at a cost: The humidity we complained about in Shanghai is far worse here. It’s a hot, sweaty place. It makes Houston seem mild and seasonal, as ridiculous an assertion as that is.
The school is really big and pretty nice. We haven’t had much in the way of contact from them aside from taking our passports and photocopying them, but we’ve met several new teachers, mostly from the US, and they all seem to be in the same position. I met an American who taught here last year and was just using Internet in the building (I guess?) and he said that we get a free laptop and though things are disorganized, not to worry about it. I think the key phrase you learn here related to the general sense of uncertainty that constantly exists everywhere is “It’s China!” which I guess really answers all your questions in a weird kind of way. If you can deal with not knowing what all is in your food or short or no explanation in answer to questions, then you’ll probably be alright. Whereas if you were super-uptight about such things, that might be difficult. Luckily, I think both of us are pretty laid-back about such issues. Or are we? DUN-DUN-DUN! Find out, next blog!
-Jeremiah

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2 responses

25 08 2009
mo, not traci

oh… by the way, your blog is up!

25 08 2009
gl

When does school begin for you? for Missy?

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